Deutscher Geographentag 2013

Kongress für Wissenschaft, Schule und Praxis
Unicampus Passau

LTS B5, Referat 1: Connecting energy transition and vulnerability: Geographical perspectives

Referent: Stefan Bouzarovski (Manchester)

Samstag, 05.10.2013, 13:35-14:00

This paper explores the vulnerabilities involved in, and arising from, the process of energy transition. I understand energy vulnerability as the propensity of an energy user – operating at any geographical scale – to experience inadequate energy services at any given point in time. By focusing on the multiple, diverse and nested spatialities of vulnerability, the paper builds on a previous contribution (Bridge et al. 2013) which explored the geographical aspects of ongoing economic, political, cultural and social reconfigurations in the energy domain. Drawing on the six concepts introduced and explained in Bridge et al (2013) – location, landscape, territoriality, spatial differentiation, scaling, and spatial embeddedness – I highlight some of the systemic connections between energy transition and vulnerability. The paper uses a combination of historical evidence and secondary data from contemporary developments, examples illustrate the types of actors, places and territories that face a higher likelihood of facing diminished access to energy services as a result of the current movement towards a low-carbon economy and society.